A Third Lebanon War? Not So Fast

A decade after the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah uses the threat of renewed fighting with Israel to its advantage.

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Lebanese people walk next to a portrait of Hezbollah leader Skeik Hassan Nasrallah placed on a destroyed street, in the Hezbollah strongholds of the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2006. Tens of thousands of people have returned to their shattered villages in eastern and southern Lebanon as well as Beirut's southern suburbs, or Dahiyeh, to find their homes either damaged or totally destroyed in a month of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.
A portrait of Hezbollah leader Skeik Hassan Nasrallah placed on a destroyed street, in the Hezbollah strongholds of the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 16, 2006.Credit: Hussein Malla, AP
A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el
Israeli soldiers carry an Israeli flag followed by a column of troops as they cross a fence marking the border between Lebanon and Israel, in this Aug. 15, 2006.
Israeli soldiers carry an Israeli flag followed by a column of troops as they cross a fence marking the border between Lebanon and Israel, in Aug. 15, 2006. Credit: Oded Balilty, AP
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters through a giant screen during a rally commemorating the annual Hezbollah Martyrs' Leader Day in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 16, 2016.
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters through a giant screen during a rally commemorating the annual Hezbollah Martyrs' Leader Day in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 16, 2016. Credit: Reuters

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